Advisory, Coaching and Prototyping Services

Lakeland College

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Lakeland College faculty and staff supplement the business coaching and mentoring services provided by the Regional Business Accelerator (RBA) by providing coaching and mentoring services to RBA clients and industry partners that contact the college directly on an as needed basis. This might include access to resources, market research advice, intellectual property coaching, referrals to additional expertise, business plan and pitch development preparation, and grant writing support.

Additional services provided by the college may include access to the College’s prototyping expertise and facilities on the Vermilion campus, which includes both metal fabrication capacity, large equipment modification space, and electronics design and printing. For larger scale prototyping needs, the College refers industry partners to other post-secondary and regional service expertise and suppliers.

The College can also support the development of commercial scale agronomic practices for novel crops, including the development and modification of seeding and harvesting equipment and pesticide application regulatory submissions.

Lakeland College was a founding member of the Regional Business Accelerator, which has helped to support over 500 businesses in our service region.

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Applied Research Facilities

Lakeland College

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Lakeland College’s Research Centre is a test-bed for innovations in agriculture, energy, and environmental sciences. We pack a lot of expertise into a small space! Encompassing renewable energy and building science, standard and novel crop trials, environmental monitoring and wetlands research, animal feeding trials, and other research – the Centre offers realistic applied research results of interest to regional entrepreneurs. Lakeland College provides access to research tools and information to help regional investors make informed business decisions and connect them with the support they need to be successful.

The Centre also hosts a metal prototype fabrication lab with an electronics and instrumentation development space. The College is also building the capacity to use its unmanned aerial system to develop applications for thermal monitoring, crop monitoring, and use in fire and emergency services applications.

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Crop Research and Bio-Energy Centre

Lakeland College

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The Bio-Energy Centre at Lakeland College is a commercial agricultural building that houses a large workspace for equipment modification projects and a passive solar greenhouse on the south side of the building. The building incorporates a natural gas engine and generator or cogen unit. This cogeneration device provides both heat and electricity for the building and is tied into the electrical monitoring systems at the Research Centre and provides excess generation to the Vermilion campus. Using the monitoring systems developed at Lakeland, college researchers will monitor the engine performance and evaluate its benefits in detail. The attached passive solar greenhouse is used to grow plants for application in environmental remediation and monitoring projects while also providing information on the passive heat (thermal) benefits of including a greenhouse in commercial building construction. In close proximity to the Centre, the College houses our pilot scale gasification testing equipment, our mobile pilot scale biochar production unit, and our demonstration solar concentrator. This equipment is used for applied research projects with our partners.

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Crop Research and Bio-Energy data

Lakeland College

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Lakeland’s G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility uses GrowSafe residual feed intake monitoring technologies for nutrition and performance trials for beef cattle and sheep. The Facility has the capacity to monitor up to 120 animals in a large scale trial or can run concurrent smaller trials. The GrowSafe system accurately measures the daily feed intake of individual animals, and when this data is combined with growth performance, it is possible to identify animals with preferred feed conversion rates. This can allow for better genetic selection of sires or can be used to monitor herd health. Early detection of animal health allows for early treatment and provides an excellent learning tool for students as they can monitor animals closely and learn to identify subtle signs indicating a drop in animal health and well-being. The Livestock Research Facility complements the College’s expansion to the production dairy barn and will help ensure that the College is able to support the development of the livestock production industry in western Canada through training and research.

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Renewable Energy Learning Centre

Lakeland College

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The Renewable Energy Learning Centre is a 1970s farm house that has been remodeled into a net-zero energy facility providing space for applied research and learning at Lakeland College. The building demonstrates energy efficient construction and its building control systems can integrate all of the renewable energy technologies demonstrated at the Research Centre: solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal, small wind. This facility generates all of its heating and cooling needs from renewable technologies and sends excess electrical energy to power the adjacent Vermilion campus. Lakeland students from a wide variety of programs use the Centre as a learning tool for their programs and community members are welcome to tour through the facility to build their knowledge of green energy technologies. Industry partners use the Centre for meetings and as a test site for new technologies.

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